July 5, 2002 

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Dr.Gopalakrishna Pillai, police surgeon, Medical College, Pariyaram, Kannur 670502

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While studying for MBBS, he was considered the ‘nightmare of lady dancers’ at Inter-Medical College Youth Festivals.  For he would compete with them and win laurels in dancing.

And now as police surgeon in Pariyaram Medical College, Dr.Gopalakrishna Pillai devotes equal attention to his profession and arts.

Dancing is not the only art that he excels in.  While studying for M.D at Thiruvananthapuram, he learned veena, became proficient in it and later became guru for other aspirants.  His disciple Sandya Gopalakrishnan won the 1st prize in veena in the State School Youth Festival two years ago.

Nor is he behind in academic brilliance.  He was the only 1st class holder in his school for SSLC.  This post-graduate doctor recently devoted 3 years of his evenings to the study of law at the School of Legal Court, M.G.University.  When the results of the L.L.B exams were announced, he had won the 1st rank with distinction.

As a school student he started learning classical music under C.K.Velukkutty Nair.  Simultaneously he started learning folk dance.  While his fathe was skeptical about his 9th sibiling’s interests, his mother encouraged him.

His days of MBBS studies during 1974-79 were highly productive.  During this time he learned Kathakali under Kannur Narayanan Master, veena under Alappuzha Amminiamma and classical music under Janaki Hariharan, retired Principal of Music College.  It was during these years that he won numerous prizes in dance, music, Kathakali, mimicry, drama, fancy dress and tableau and became the ‘nightmare’ of the lady dancers.

In the midst of his artistic pursuits, Dr.Pillai finds time to keep abreast o the latest knowledge in forensic medicine.


Courtesy:  K.K.Surendran, Kerala Kaumudi, November 23, 1997

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